In Science and Space: These three phones are excellent options that are reasonably priced, but which one is the best buy? Let’s investigate. A terrific phone experience can be had without shelling out $1,000 for an iPhone 13 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. With Samsung, Google, and newcomer Nothing all providing three phones at about comparable $450 costs, and all three promising a smooth and delightful experience, the mid range price point is swiftly rising to the top of the phone market.
Price and availability: The Nothing Phone 1 is hard to get. Let’s start with a biggie. the Nothing Phone 1 is on sale in the UK and wider Europe but a rollout into the US is so far uncertain. While Nothing has said it would like to launch its phone in the US, it needs a network partner to make it compatible with US 5G networks. As of the time of writing, there are no plans for a proper US launch. People in the US can easily get the Pixel 6A and the Galaxy A53 5G, however.
The Google Pixel 6A has already earned itself a glowing review, with CNET’s Lisa Eadicicco calling it “the best budget Pixel yet”. Meanwhile I myself was impressed with the Nothing Phone 1’s balance of price and performance — not to mention its flashing rear lights. Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which earned a great review score thanks to its price, its display and its cameras. But which phone is actually deserving of your hard-earned cash? I got hold of all three to put them through their paces.
All three phones start at very similar prices; $450 for the Pixel 6A, $450 for the Galaxy A53 and $472 for the Nothing Phone 1, based on a conversion from its UK price. In the UK, all three phones start at £399. Simple. Design and display: Nothing’s flashing lights stand out. While many phones in recent years have been forgettable-looking slabs, all three of these midrangers have designs that are very much their own. The A53 keeps things simple with a plastic back, raised camera unit and metallic edging. The Pixel 6A maintains the distinctive camera bar seen on its pricier siblings and while its back is technically plastic, you’d be hard pressed to tell it apart from the glass back of the 6 and 6 Pro.